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Of law, of lawyers and judges. A detailed discussion, with illustrative examples. Criminal law; some misconceptions. The lack of lawyers in Canada practising criminal law. The basic principles of a criminal trial. Statutory inroads on the presumption of innocence. Evidence in criminal matters. The feature of the open Court in criminal trials. The right of the press and other agencies of public communication to have access to the Courts and to report its proceedings fairly and accurately. Some limits on those rights. The relationship of Courts to administrative tribunals. The case for some form of judicial review as a check upon power usurped or power abused. The vital role of Courts in protecting the individual against the abuse of administrative discretion. The recent record of Canada's Supreme Court. The ideals for one who occupies judicial office.